Engineering firm reveals concept design for river walk

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By Kristin Beck

Heritage Engineering presented a concept design of the river walk to city council at their meeting Monday, June 24. The plan includes bench areas throughout the 2,000-foot path and a plaza area in the parking lot near Point Park boat ramp.

The walk increased in length from about 1,200 feet to 2,000 feet because the trail now extends all the way to the point, rather than stopping at the parking lot near the Ohio River.

Landscape architect Scott Hannah said he did not go into tremendous detail because he wanted to get council’s feedback first. He began his presentation by briefly outlining the existing conditions of the location for the river walk. He said he drew inspiration for the plans from nearby riverfronts in Madison, Louisville and Cincinnati.

The site plan includes three bench areas, each with a solid piece of granite for an 8-foot bench and garbage can. The granite includes space for the river walk logo and possible sponsorships. Mayor Gene McMurry said each bump out will also include lighting.

The plan also includes the 2,000 feet of trail, landscaping throughout and a concert plaza near the boat ramp parking lot. The plaza will be 10 feet by 20 feet, with a fence or rail on the Ohio River side because of the steep drop off.

Councilman Dwight Louden said he was afraid there would no longer be space for truck and trailer parking in the lot, but Project Manager David Eberenz said there would be plenty of room.

McMurry said it was Public Works Supervisor Ronnie Knight’s idea to put the plaza area in because it would dress up the space.

“I think the plaza is going to become a main focal point for you,” Eberenz said.

At the point, Hannah explained his concept of having a compass on the ground with the Ohio and Kentucky rivers crossing it. The ‘X’ of the compass where the two rivers converged would represent where the visitors were standing, he said.

Louden expressed concern about having enough money to expand the river walk all the way to the point. From a budget perspective, Eberenz said he could set up the bid so that all the main parts – particularly the paving – is included, and the extra features could be alternates to the bid.

McMurry said he and Knight had talked about pouring a concrete retaining wall near the JCTC parking lot to stabilize the 20-foot area where trees and brush are to be removed. Councilman Mike Gordon suggested terracing the space instead so that people could sit on the lawn in between the steps. This would stabilize it and make it more user-friendly. McMurry agreed that this would look nicer than the wall.

“This gives them a place to start,” McMurry said of the concept plans. “… It doesn’t look like Madison, but it still has some of the same concepts as theirs does.”

Heritage hopes to have the surveying results back by the end of the week. Originally, McMurry requested they return for the last meeting in July to present another set of plans. However, Councilman Robb Adams was worried that this would not give council enough time to tweak the plans and asked if Heritage could provide a few more details before then. Eberenz said he did not think it was a bad idea to float a few more concepts to them and would provide additional smaller sets of plans.

Hannah said the company plans to bid out the project in August, begin construction in September and complete the bulk of it in 90 days.

Children breaking curfew law a problem

Two Carrollton residents addressed city council with concerns about teenagers staying out past curfew and trespassing on their property in the middle of the night.

Carolyn Jones, who lives on Hawkins Street, said groups of teenagers are loitering in front of Al’s Mini Market at the corner of 6th and Hawkins streets between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. She acknowledged that the issue has been brought before council the past two years, but it is still a problem.

Lucas Dunaway, owner of River Reed Assisted Living across the street, called Jones at 3 a.m. one night and told her there were 12 children in front of his business, but he did not want to call the police because he was afraid they would damage his property, she said.

Jennifer Ellis, who lives on 7th Street, said about a month ago, there were four children in her pool at about 3 a.m. The pool is surrounded by a privacy fence, she said.

Councilman Mike Gordon said police are citing the children, but once it goes to the court designated worker, nothing is being done.

The big problem is parental guidance, Mayor Gene McMurry said. “If the parents were doing their job, we wouldn’t have this problem.”

Carrollton Police Assistant Chief Steve Abbott said a lot of times the “kids” aren’t actually kids; they are 18 years old and do not have to adhere to the curfew law. However, officers are checking the ages of the children they pass while on nightly patrol, he said.

The department can add extra patrol in the area, he said, and encouraged the residents to continue calling the police, even if they have called multiple times already. “Call every time,” Abbott said. 

Dow Corning gives city iron bridge

Point Park and 2Rivers Campground will soon be connected by a historical piece of architecture. Council approved a resolution authorizing the transfer of a wroght iron bridge, built in 1869, from Dow Corning to the city.

Once the piers are finished, the bridge will sit on top, across a ravine between the campground and the park, Mayor Gene McMurry said at the council meeting Monday, June 24.

At one time, there were 160 bridges like it; now, this is the last one, McMurry said after the meeting. The bridge is 12 feet wide and 60 feet long, he said.

Council conditionally approves sweeping

Council voted to conditionally approve a contract with Sweep All, Inc. to sweep the Carrollton streets three times a year rather than purchase a sweeping machine. The original contract outlined in the resolution was for three years; however council had decided to try it out for a year and see how it went rather than commit long term. Councilman Mike Gordon also asked if they could alter the streets swept based on need through Public Works Supervisor Ronnie Knight, rather than sweeping the same streets all three times. McMurry said he would talk to Sweep All about the contract adjustments.

Council OK’s analysis on E-911 accounts

City council approved a resolution to hire Raisor, Zapp & Woods, P.S.C. to perform an analysis of the E-911 Dispatch Commission’s accounts for the fiscal years ended June 30, 2005-2012. The contract shall not exceed $8,000.

See retires, Brock reception Thursday

Carrollton Police Lt. John See will retire from the police department, effective June 30. He served the department for 36 years.

Retiring dispatcher Chris Brock will have a retirement party at 4 p.m., Thursday, June 27, at city hall.

See did not wish to have a retirement party, Mayor Gene McMurry said.